- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 19, 2002

According to your Jan. 16 article, “Muslim initiative,” the Rev. Patrick Sookhdeo believes that “freedom, democracy, human rights and religious liberty have come out of Christianity and the West.” No question about “the West” part, but Christianity? The good reverend must be joking. Didn't the progress of Western societies start only after Christianity was stripped of its absolute secular power and exiled to the most private corners of life?

Christianity can claim all the credit for inquisitions, religious wars and massacres, the practice of burning scientists, and the poverty and ignorance of the people of the Middle Ages. It should, of course, leave claims on freedom, human rights and democracies to secularism and liberalism.


SHAHRAM SHAH

Ottawa


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